Security

Embedded Cyber-Physical Anomaly Detection in Smart Meters

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Executive Summary

Smart grid security has many facets, ranging over a spectrum from resisting attacks aimed at supervisory and control systems, to end user privacy concerns while monitored by the utility enterprise. This multi-faceted problem also includes vulnerabilities that arise from deployment of local cyber-physical attacks at a smart metering location, with a potential to manipulate the measured energy consumption, and being massively deployed aiming at destabilisation. In this paper, the authors study a smart metering device that uses a trusted platform for storage and communication of metering data, and show that despite the hard core security, there is still room for deployment of a second level of defence as an embedded real-time anomaly detector that can cover both the cyber and physical domains.

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